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David A. Rochefort

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Chapter 24: Mental Health and Social Policy (1960s–Present)

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Mental Health and Social Policy (1960s–Present)
Mental health and social policy (1960s–present)
David A.Rochefort

The tragic school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, in December 2012, sharply heightened interest in the state of the nation's mental health system. Four days after the horrific event, a reporter for the WestHartford News wrote: “The magnitude of the slaughter of children in Newtown and the teachers who tried to help them may be the turning point in a national discussion on access to mental health treatment.”1 One mother of a troubled thirteen-year-old boy in Idaho wrote a blog entry titled “I am Adam Lanza's Mother,” in which she drew an analogy between her distraught situation and that of the Newtown shooter's mother.2 The posting went viral. Meanwhile, in the realm of public ...

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